Kelli Pawelko joined Illinois State as a graduate assistant for the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center in July of 2012, where she will primarily assist with the targeting of student-athletes.
Pawelko received her undergraduate degree in education from Cincinnati, where she played soccer for four years. As a student-athlete, Pawelko started in 67 career games for the Bearcats as a key contributor on defense, twice being honored by the Big East Conference. During her time at UC, Pawelko was a four-year executive board member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and as a senior; Pawelko was the co-recipient of the Helen Norman Smith Award given to the top graduating female student-athletes at Cincinnati.
Prior to joining the Study Center staff, Pawelko coached youth soccer in Cincinnati for the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and worked as a counselor for both the men's and women's Bearcat Soccer Academy summer camps.
A native of Lemont, Ill., Pawelko will be working towards her Master's degree in college student personnel administration while attending ISU.